Last month, the Aetherius Society sent out a message suggesting that there was a correlation between earth’s deadly earthquakes and “NASA’s recent bombardment of the Moon.” Is there an actual connection between space exploration and natural disasters on Earth? NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab had this to say: “The answer is no, there is no plausible link between the two. There would be no significant change in the orbital dynamics between the Moon and Earth, so there would be no change in tidal stresses that might somehow influence stresses on faults and increase the occurrence of earthquakes.”
Just to independently verify, we asked if we could take pictures of JPL’s Spacecraft Assembly Room. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t let us use the camera that saved the Hubble. Click through below for more images.
Photo credit: Tanja M. Laden